Challenge: 1% Well Read

December 17, 2008 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Challenges | 1 Comment

Hey, I’m doing a challenge that you might want to do too.  Unfortunately, it started in May, so we’ll have to go pretty fast.  The goal is to read 10 books in 10 months off the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list.  (You can read them in between visiting the 1001 Places to Go Before You Die, since the lines will probably be pretty long).

I went over this list, and found that I’d read 169 out of 1001, for a whopping total of 17%.  That’s five a year over my lifetime.  This is both good and bad news, because it appears I won’t die for a long time (166 more years), but it also means I’d better start saving more for my retirement!  Oh.  Wait.  You mean reading off this list isn’t a guarantee of immortality?  Shoot.

Do you ever look at these lists and just smack your forehead that you haven’t gotten to some of the titles yet?  Then, do you look at the other ones and wonder why you’ve never even heard of them?  I have this idea that you have to be British to really keep up on this stuff.  Not sure why.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve read off this list between May of this year and now (with a little tear over the three I read before the May deadline):

White Teeth 5/15/08

Everything is Illuminated 8/11/08

Diary of a Nobody 8/13/08

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater 10/27/08

I’m considering Saturday by Ian McEwan, Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, and of course finishing Ulysses by James Joyce.


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  1. Glad to have you on the challenge. I’ll be hosting another 1% after this one is over!

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